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January 20, 2004

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Developers of genetically engineered organisms need to consider how biological techniques such as induced sterility can prevent transgenic animals and plants from escaping into natural ecosystems and breeding or competing with their wild relatives, or passing engineered traits to other species, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. The committee that wrote the report used the term "bioconfinement" to describe such techniques.

T. Kent Kirk (chair), Professor Emeritus, Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.